Your daily bike race: September 21st

Root, root, root for the home team!

If you didn’t have a chance to get out and experience the race yesterday, man, you are missing out. What a blast! If you’re stuck at work today and will miss out again, I really recommend downloading the Richmond 2015 app and watching some of the live video. It’s amazing to see all the things we love about Richmond sent out for the entire world to see.

Today’s all about individual time trials for young people–the Women’s Junior Time Trial and the Men’s Under 23 Time Trial. Gone are the corporate sponsored teams, and now we get to cheer on cyclists racing for their countries! But first, some results from yesterday…


  • Velocio-SRAM won yesterday’s Women’s Team Time Trial with a time of 47:35.72. That’s their fourth consecutive team time trial world championship. The second place team, Boels Dolmans Cycling Team, was just 6.66 second behind.
  • Over in the Men’s Team Time Trial, BMC Racing Team took first place with a time of 42:07.97. The Jelly Belly team, the favorite of our household, came in 20th.

Today’s Big Bike Action™

Today’s races use the Time Trial Circuit course, which sends cyclists out Monument Avenue to make a U-turn at Davis, across the Lee Bridge, and then back downtown–one lap for the women, two laps for the men. Since it’s a time trial (racing against the clock), racers will have staggered start times just like yesterday, but as individuals not teams. If you grab a spot in the median of Monument Avenue, assuming that’s a place you’re allowed to stand, you’ll have a ton of great opportunities to see racers whiz by on both the east- and west-bound lanes.

Women’s Junior Time Trial

Men’s Under 23 Time Trial

Roads and reminders

Roads are closed for the duration of the race plus an hour before and an hour after the scheduled race times. Roads will not reopen between sessions. Make sure you check the road closure maps for course crossing points, because all other cross streets will be closed.

Today, some highway ramps are affected. Don’t just assume you can take the interstate and avoid the whole shebang!

  • Exit 74C of I-95
  • The Belvidere Street exits of I-195

The Lee Bridge is closed! Try not to freak out! Also, keep an eye out for a few one-way roads that have been converted to two-way to help folks get around. As always, you can check out an interactive map of the course and closures at For more information, see this incredibly detailed PDF from the City.

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